Om Shanti Om
is a 2007 Bollywood
film directed and choreographed by Farah Khan. It stars Shah Rukh Khan
and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles as the protagonists while Shreyas Talpade, Arjun Rampal, and Kirron Kher feature in supporting roles. Arjun Rampal is the Big Bad
in the movie. More than forty two well-known Bollywood stars appear in the course of the film, including thirty of them (not including the stars of the film) in one song alone.
Protagonist Om Prakash Makhija (Shah Rukh Khan) is a junior artist in the 1970s film industry. He and his friend Pappu (Shreyas Talpade) are trying to succeed as leading actors. Om's mother, Bela Makhija (Kirron Kher), herself a junior artist, inspires and encourages her son to become a success. He is in love with the film actress Shanti Priya (Deepika Padukone), whom he eventually befriends after saving her from a fire in set. He tries to confess his feelings to her, but he gets overwhelmed by Shanti true kindness and decides to wait for a better chance.
One day, Om tries to talk to Shanti on the set of a film, but is almost ignored. He follows her into a dressing-room, where he, unseen except by the viewer, overhears her argument with the film's producer Mukesh Mehra (Arjun Rampal) about a recent promise of Mukesh's to marry a businessman's daughter in return for funding of a film. It is here revealed that Shanti is secretly married to Mukesh, and that Shanti is pregnant with Mukesh's child. Mukesh insists that his relationship with Shanti be kept secret, arguing that its revelation will spoil his plans; but Shanti demands that they marry in public. Mukesh relents when she reveals her pregnancy. Om leaves, disappointed, and remains miserable for some days.
Unfortunately. Mukesh doesn't really want to keep married with Shanti, and tricks her into in a soundstage with the excuse of talking about their next movie, where then he traps her and then set the place in fire. Om, after seeing this, tries in vain to rescue her, and he ends badly burn and run over by actor Rajesh Kapoor, who was carrying his soon-to-have-birth wife to the hospital. Kapoor carries them both to the hospital, but as his wife gives birth, Om dies from all his injuries.
The plot then moves 30 years and we meet Om Kapur (Shah Rukh Khan), the son of Rajesh Kapoor and the reincarnation of Om Prakash. Om Kapur, nicknamed OK, is a very popular and talented main actor, but also a very bratty one, accustomed to always get his way. He also has strange experiences, like having pyrophobia despite never having bad experiences with fire. A chance encounter with Makesh (now a successful international movie producer) and the discovery of the remains of the studios where Shanty died awakens in Om Kapoor the memories of his former life. Furious for the fact that neither his past life nor Shanti's deaths received justice, OK decides to make Mukesh confess his crimes. His plan is simple: revive the production of the movie Shanti was going to star had Muukesh not killed her, then having someone masquerading as her roaming on the studio to spook Mukesh shitless until the man breaks and confess on tape. OK even has the very good luck of finding a dead-on Shanti lookalike in the person of one of his fangirls; but even with that help, making Mukesh nervous enough to confess is easier said than done...
This movie has the following tropes:
- Adam Westing: Anyone who is not a fictional character.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber: Inspired the second part of the movie.
- Bad Bad Acting: The audition montage.
- Big "NO!": Om Prakash's mom shouts a big "Nahin!" when she hears he wants to change his name.
- Birth-Death Juxtaposition: When Om dies in the hospital, a mother gives birth in the next room. The baby turns out to be Om reincarnated.
- Creator Cameo: Farah Khan is the woman who fights with Om Prakash at the beginning of the movie. Lampshaded:
Farah Khan: Hey, who do you think you are, the star of the movie?
Om Prakash: Well, who do you think you are, the director?
- Crowd Song: Obviously since it's Bollywood.
- Death by Looking Up: Mukesh.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: Mukesh insists on being called Mike, because that's what they call him in Hollywood.
- Dream Sequence: How OK convinces the director to change the planned scene to the Dar De Disco number.
- Engineered Public Confession: Om's plan to get Mukesh arrested for Shanti's murder.
- Epic Rocking: Dastaan-E-Om Shanti Om
- Falling Chandelier of Doom: Mukesh suffers this fate in the end. Everyone in the theatre celebrated.
- Fangirl: Sandhya for Om. And Om for Shantipriya.
- Fan Nickname: In-Universe example: Om Kapoor's fans call him OK.
- Fanservice Major example: OK in Dard E Disco (Usually an Item Number has an Item Girl. This one has an Item Guy instead.)
- Flash Back Echo: Triggered by the discovery of the old movie studios.
- Gratuitous English
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Mukesh.
- Large Ham: Om Prakash and OK are pretty much this.
- Love at First Sight
- Masquerade Ball: Dastaan-E-Om Shanti Om.
- Meet Cute: Shanti's sari gets caught on Om's bracelet.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Rajesh and Lovely Kapoor are probably parodies of Rajesh Khanna and his wife Dimple Kapadia.
- Om Prakash and Pappu sneak in a movie theatre, pretending to be Manoj Kumar. The "real" Manoj later arrives, showing his ID with him covering his face.
- He actually complained about the parody when the movie was released.
- More than that. This editor remembers something about a lawsuit....
- OrangeBlueContrast: in most of the song Dard E Disco. (beautiful colors.)
- Oscar Bait: Parodied when Om has to play a blind deaf mute with no legs or arms. Sure, critics will love it but his fans will be bored.
- Parody Names: All the movies shown at the Filmfare Awards, especially Phir Bhi Dil Hai NRI.
- Posthumous Character: Shanti.
- Rasputinian Death: Om is beaten down mercilessly by security guards, repeatedly. He still manages to rise up, and bursts into a burning house to save Shanti. An explosion knocks him not only away from her, but out of the building entirely and into a nearby street. And he still manages to rise up to his feet again, only to finally be mortally wounded when Rajesh Kapoor's car hits him accidentally.
- Red Herring: The movie makes you think that Sandy is Shanti's reincarnation. Turns out, Shanti never reincarnated, as she becomes a vengeful ghost delivering Karmic Death.
- Red String of Fate: Literally. Bela ties a red string around her son's wrist for luck, and it leads to his Meet Cute.
- Reincarnation: Om is reincarnated and looks exactly like he did in his previous life, complete with his tattoo becoming some sort of birthmark.
- Rescue Romance: Om and Shanti.
- Self-Deprecation: The actors in the movie are pretty much making fun of themselves.
- The Seventies: The first half of the movie.
- Shirtless Scene: OK gets this a lot. Hence, SRK's page image.
- Shout-Out: Too many to count, especially in the musical numbers.
- Smug Snake: Mukesh is a real dick.
- Spoiled Brat: Om Kapoor though it gets better once he remembers his past life.
- Stage Mom: Kamini.
- The Item Number: parodied and lampshaded. Om Kapoor and the director of his movie have a discussion where OK forces the director to change the scene he is supposed to act for a disco dance number of this nature. Sure enough, immediately cues said musical number. Albeit in this case, this number has a reason of existence beside mere fanservice, since serves as a setup to show OK pyrophobia for the first time.
- Title Drop: During the "Deewangi Deewangi" number
- Underwear of Power: All the superheroes of the Mohabbat Man movie.
- Unusual Euphemism: Oh, what the fish!
- Wag the Director: When Om doesn't like the scene he's supposed to play, he makes the director change it for a disco dance number.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Rajesh Kapoor.
- The Western: Or more precisely, the Masala Western.
- Whole Plot Reference: OK's plot to get Mukesh to confess is similar to Hamlet's Play Within A Play.
- Why Did It Have To Be Fire?: OK, no thanks to his previous life's attempt to save Shanti from a burning set.